Let’s face it, we could all use a drink right now. If you’re looking for a little inspiration on what to pour (or where to go) next, come along as I take you around the world in 80 drinks.
This Life in Drinks
While travelling full time in 2015 and 2016, I wanted a unique way to capture the different places we visited. While discussing this over beers with friends, I joked about going around the world in 80 drinks. With that notion, #thislifeindrinks was born. The plan was to capture cheers photos from around the globe with unique cocktails and beer and tagging it for later. I was going to compile a list of all these locations and share in a post but, procrastination set in and here we are. Thankfully, I have plenty of time on my hands now!
It Took A Pandemic
With cabin fever kicking in, many are turning to the liquor cabinet. In Canada, alcohol sales are up across the country as people cope with another night of Netflix and take out. I certainly fall into this category.
The other night I poured myself a gin and tonic and began the sad task of cancelling my upcoming around the world trip. I had been putting this off for a while. I wanted to see how this situation would play out but really, I was in denial. Collectively, we are not going anywhere any time soon.
While feeling sorry for myself, I began flipping through my Instagram feed and landed on a cheers photo of a couple Gin and Tonics from the bar car of Rovos Rail in South Africa. I was to make a return trip with Rovos this May, this time from Victoria Falls to Pretoria.
On the positive, this photo reminded me about the collection of #thislifeindrinks I took. This sent me down a hole of over 200 posts with this tag. With nothing to do but daydream and sip on my G&T, let’s take a trip around the world in 80 drinks.
If you are interested in the stories behind some of my favourites, keep scrolling past the collage!
Around the World in 80 Drinks Highlights
For a little more detail around some of my favourite around the world in 80 drinks highlights, see below!
Going on a safari was one thing. Finding out that sundowners are a thing in Africa is another. This was taken after a successful day of spotting zebras, lions, elephants, and giraffes in the Serengeti.
- READ MORE: My First Safari Experience
Dolphin Swimming with a Tusker
This adrenaline-filled picture was taken moments after swimming with a pod of dolphins of the coast of Kenya. It was incredible to say the least. To say the most, check out my dedicated post on the experience!
Drinking a Cocktail with A Severed Toe in It
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Cheers to Terry for ushering me into the #sourtoecocktail club at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City Yukon! This ritual includes an 80 proof shot of Yukon Jack and one gnarly looking human toe. And yes, it is a real human toe. It may sound odd but people line up to have a drink with this shrivelled and black toe in it. The Sour Toe Cocktail is THE thing to do in town but remember, "You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have gotta touch the toe” #yesDawson #ThisLifeinDrinks
In all my travels, who would have thought the craziest cocktail I would ever try was in my own backyard? The Sour Toe Cocktail is 1 part Yukon Jack and 1 part human toe. And yes, it’ss a real toe! Read all about this odd drink in my write up on my time in Dawson City, Yukon.
Wódka in Warsaw
One of my favourite nights in Poland was touring the capital with a local while getting plied with local drinks. Vodak is very much a part of life in Poland and we experienced both the ups and downs of it.
- READ MORE: 24 Hours in Warsaw
Beans in Bali
Proof that not all of my around the world in 80 drinks were alcoholic! Bali saw us enjoy some much-needed detox and downtime. This photo was taken at the incredible Villa-Sabandari hotel where I was enjoying, Kopi Luwak – coffee made from beans that pass through a small ferret-like animal!
That said, we did drink our share of Bintang in Bali. This was taken while touring the island bars in a pimped out and private VW Van!
Wobbly in Serbia
You can’t tell from this picture, but it is from the side of a tiny train in the middle of nowhere Serbia. You also can’t tell that this is after a couple of shots of blueberry moonshine passed around by the locals. Read all about the experience in my post on the Sargan Eight train.
Gums and Guinness
We drank a lot of Guinness in Ireland. A LOT. This is well documented through these #thislifeindrinks posts. None of which are more memorable than the first night in Dublin. We saw more random people making out per-capita in and around Temple Bar than anywhere else in the world.
- READ MORE: My Top Pub Picks in Belfast and Dublin
- READ MORE: Touring the Guinness Storefront in Dublin
Santorini Sundown and Sunrise
Santorini gave us some of the most amazing sunsets and sunrises thanks to the incredible Esperas Hotel. Take. Me. Back.
Singapore Slings…in Singapore
Although not my favourite drink, having a Singapore Sling in the bar it was invented in was pretty great.
- READ MORE: Singapore Cocktail Bars Worth a Visit
Pilsner Urquell in…Pilsen
One of the best days while travelling in 2015 was visiting Pilsen. Not only is it home of the beer style of the same name, it’s also home of Pilsner Urquell…and we sampled it straight from the source!
Tokyo Fish Market
What makes this spot so memorable is the fact that we got to visit the historic Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo before it shut down and moved locations. For a full rundown on that day check out my post of touring Tokyo with Tokyo FooDrink Tours!
Didgeridoo For Two
That time we were serenaded while enjoying some Australian wine outside of Adelaide, a truly underappreciated city.
High Above Cape Town
Table Mountain was an incredible highlight for me. With sunsets like this, it’s easy to see why.
For more on my time on top of Table Mountain, check out this post.
Lion Lager in Paradise
Far from my favourite beer, choking back warm Lion Lager was easy with these Maldives view.
High above the Sea to Sky Highway with a pint.
Friends We Met Along The Way
Of course, #thislifeindrinks wasn’t just about the unique beer and cocktails we sampled around the world. It was also a chance to document some of the fun times we shared we friends, both old and new, along the way. On top of that, we managed to crash two weddings, one honeymoon, and reconnected with my Austrian nanny!
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On top of touring the pyramids of Teotihuacán with Urban Adventures, we got a behind the scenes tour of a small pulque brewer which was super interesting. Turns out tequila and mescal aren’t the only drinks you can make from Agave. * * For more details on this great day out, check out the link in my profile!
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